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One of the earlier pieces created by Roger Dubuis after starting his brand, this Sympathie Chronograph S34 features a glossy black dial with white-gold accents. The movement was regulated by Dubuis himself and is chronometer graded.
The design of this Sympathie S34 is that of a two-register chronograph, while the combination of gloss-black and white gold styling is reminiscent of a vintage piece – with a decidedly modern twist. One of only 28 pieces in this metal, it is a highly coveted example for any collector of early Roger Dubuis pieces.
Perhaps more than any other, the Sympathie design speaks to Roger Dubuis’ forward-thinking approach to watchmaking. Neither round nor square, the Sympathie case design balances the two different shapes, complemented by a stepped bezel and curved, elongated lugs. In an industry where case shapes generally follow quite a narrow blueprint – either round, rectangular or square – the brand puts forward a genuinely innovative design.
The watch is powered by the Cal. RD 56, based on the Lemania 2310. The movement was originally developed in 1942 in a partnership between Lemania and Omega, and the resulting movement was later known as the calibre 321, which powered the first watch to go to the moon. The movement bears the Geneva Seal and was regulated by Roger Dubuis himself. Furthermore, as indicated by the “Bulletin d’Observatoire” signature on the dial, this movement was tested for accuracy at the Besançon Astronomical Observatory, setting far more exacting standards than a test from the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC).
If sold within the United Kingdom, this Roger Dubuis Sympathie Chronograph S34 560 will be subject to 20% VAT.
Sympathie Chronograph S34 560
Manual-winding calibre RD56
Chronograph, hours, minutes, sub-seconds
34mm x 34mm
Sapphire front and back
Grey grained leather strap, Roger Dubuis black alligator strap, white gold deployant buckle
This Roger Dubuis Sympathie is in very good condition overall, with a few superficial marks throughout consistent with minimal wear. There are more visible marks on the edges of the bezel, most visibly at 1, 3, 5 and 10 o’clock, as well as the corner of the bottom right lug. The watch comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man, alongside a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
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Roger Dubuis started his career at Longines in the late 1950s, where he spent close to a decade in the after-sales department, repairing and caring for the brand’s watches, including their prestigious chronographs. Shortly thereafter, he integrated Patek Philippe’s complications department, where he has the opportunity to work on gongs, minute repeaters and perpetual calendars, among others. His time there coincided with the production of some of the manufacture’s most sought-after, complicated models – from the ref. 2499 to the ref. 3448 – which Dubuis himself had the opportunity to work on.
Dubuis’ enthusiasm for watchmaking was such that, when he had finished working a full day at the atelier, he would go home and work on repairing watches for private clients, auction houses and dealers around Geneva. In the 1980s, he left Patek Philippe to establish his own workshop, dedicating himself fully to the restoration of pieces from the past. In 1995, following a partnership with businessman Carlos Dias, he would establish his own eponymous brand.
The first Roger Dubuis watches were acclaimed by collectors because they channelled the traditional Geneva watchmaking that Patek Philippe embodied, while having more stylistic flair. Dubuis’ attempt to rival Patek Philippe was obvious in some of his choices, from seeking the Geneva Seal for his movements to designing deployant buckles. In particular, the Hommage watches, as the name suggests, were designed as a homage to the great watchmakers of old, according to Dubuis. In 2003, after only eight years, Roger Dubuis himself left his brand. Though his output in the earliest days of the brand was limited, the design and quality of the pieces he produced have stood the test of time.
“In the three years I’ve been at Sotheby’s, I don’t think we’ve had one come through our doors. They are mainly changing hands privately, as there are just so few on the market.'